How to Make Fabulous Zendoodle Fabric Beads with Kristal Wick

I don’t know about you but I have always been a doodler. Long before Zendoodle and adult coloring books I loved spending time chillaxing with my crayons and some good tunes. I always felt better, centered, and blissed out in sheer creativity. As an adult, I’ve found less and less time for this “luxury” of time spent doodling and coloring for fun. I felt rushed, pressured, and approached life like a tightly wound watch ready for my inner springs to boing-boing out of my mind! So, after realizing this lifestyle was NOT sustainable as a human, I decided to embark on a mindfulness journey.

ABOVE TOP: Secret Garden” silk doodle beaded necklace

Fabulous Zendoodle beads and necklace by Kristal Wick

Have a Heart silk doodle beaded necklace

I found the quickest path was through my art and started creating–JUST FOR FUN! What… You say no guilt? No expectations? Is it possible? Yup. I am here to share my journey with you! When I was doodling the night away, I would often wonder how to transform my doodles into wearable jewelry, not just masterpieces on paper. So, I developed the perfect mindfulness recipe: 1 part creative doodling on silk, 1 part making beads out of that silk, and 1 part creating beautiful jewelry out of those fab beads = Fabulous Zendoodle Fabric Beads!

I’ve enjoyed this technique so much, I HAD to share it with you so I created this course for anyone, any age who needs a little righteous Zen in their life!

Here’s my Top 5 Tips for creating Fabulous Zendoodle Fabric Beads

1. Pick your colors.

Select your watercolor pencil palette before you begin. Audition the colors to see what combination you like and then lay the pencils to the side of your fabric so they don’t get put away. If you have to add more doodles later, you can be sure the colors are the same.

2. Just add water!

When using water and brush to activate the colored pigments of watercolor pencils, try to do all similar colors at the same time. This keeps your brush clean, and the colors don’t get muddy. Be sure to wipe off excess pigments on a paper towel occasionally, and particularly when moving on to a different color.

colored pencils, makers and crayons

So many colors, so little time!

3. Blend and mix.

Once you color in a design with your watercolor pencils, add different colors on top of your first color to achieve shading and texture in your work.

Fabulous Zendoodle fabric by Kristal Wick

Blending and shading

4. Feel the pressure.

Use varying levels of pressure when coloring in your designs to create more color depth and saturation in your work.

Fabulous Zendoodle fabric by Kristal Wick

Doodle your heart out!

5. Dry, baby dry.

Make sure your fabric is completely dry before using a permanent marker for outlining if you want a clean, crisp line. The pen lines can run if the fabric is still wet. On the other hand, if you desire a blurry line, using the pen on wet fabric is another enjoyable technique.

Fabulous Zendoodle fabric by Kristal Wick

Paisley love

Take a deep breath, come along with me and prepare to zen out! You’re worth it!

Kristal Wick, Sparkle, and Bling

Kristal and her muses, Sparkle and Bling


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